Alan Partridge is making a comeback, and he’s doing it from his shed.
While ex-prime minister David Cameron notoriously took to his “shepherds hut” to write, Partridge will be retreating to his “oasthouse” to produce a brand-new podcast.
Steve Coogan will front the 18-part series, From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast.
The show promises a series of intimate audio vignettes, as Partridge battles with the inevitable struggles of working from home.
A seasoned journalist and presenter, he will be embracing the medium of podcast in a bid to attract a younger, more diverse and digitally engaged audience.
It’s not known whether Partridge had to resort to brandishing cheese to get his new gig, or whether he will be wearing trousers while broadcasting.
Partridge says fans can expect “a wiser, more reflective Alan”, adding that the show “demonstrates a maturity and insight that will be instantly recognisable to his fans, even if it’s not yet acknowledged by some of his more storied peers”.
And it turns out he’s been inspired by one of the broadcasting greats.
“If David Dimbleby has one, then of course I needed to make one. All national treasures have a podcast.
“With this series, I want to give my fans an intimate view of who I really am. You may think you know me, but trust me, you have no idea what goes on behind closed doors at my podcast innovation studio.
“Besides, I’m bored of Ofcom and its regulations and so it’s time for the UK to hear what a real award-winning podcast is like.
“Tune in or you’re going to be missing out on the best thing you’ll hear since I was last on radio.”
Coogan’s BAFTA-winning character kicked off his career in radio, before breaking onto TV and then making his very own feature film, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
Partridge was last on our screens early this year in spoof news magazine show This Time With Alan Partridge.
The first episode of From The Oasthouse is available for free via Amazon Alexa until 12 June, and the full series will be available on Audible from 3 September.